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In today's CMU Daily:
- UK album sales fall in first quarter
- Clarkson was unhappy, say Spector's lawyers
- Snoop Dogg drugs charges
- Judge dismisses Beach Boys suit
- US DJ suspended
- Blur drummer to stand for election
- Cash home gutted by fire
- Beatles man Aspinall leaves Apple Corp after forty years
- EMI chap joins WMI
- iPod sales hit 100 million mark
- Last.fm soft launch subscription service
- Album review: Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
- New MIA album stuff
- Ronson says Smiths like cover
- Album review: Various - Freerange Records Colour Series: Green 04
- P Diddy organising UK peace gig
- US Live Earth line up announced
- REM warn fans over missing tickets
- Lily Allen annoyed by satirical track
- Dustin's Bar Mitzvah split
- Single review: Cajun Dance Party - The Next Untouchable
- Timberlake writing songs for Madonna
- King Of Leon gets intimate with Stewart junior
- Mel B set for legal baby battle
- Richards in canary claims

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MYSPACE OF THE DAY: Eddy TM
Now, obviously, we're an incredibly organised machine here at CMU, and we plan who and what will be awarded the prestigious MySpace Of The Day honour several months in advance but, on very rare occasions, like, well, every other day, it comes to picking a MSOTD and me and Caro end up looking at each other with one of those "there were eight bands I was thinking of last night but I can't currently think of any of them" looks. It has often occurred to me on those occasions to make our good friend Eddy Temple Morris MSOTD, given I find waxing lyrical about his many projects very easy, but I've always thought to myself "no, hold back, use that the week 'Dance Rocks' comes out". So my usual strategy is to say back to Caro "erm, I'll write a Top Bit, you do the MySpace". Fifteen minutes later a MSOTD always seems to be written, so I don't have to worry about it, which means I've been able to keep Eddy until now, when it is really relevant to give him a MSOTD nod. Because this is the week that the brilliant 'Dance Rocks' album finally hits the streets. And hurrah for that, you don't know how long I've been waiting for this. As we've mentioned before, this is one of the finest crossover / indie remix / breaks compilations ever - with two disks compiled by the Xfm Remix master, one in the mix the other stand alone tracks, and both featuring a stack of great tunes and remixes, including many of Eddy's own. Here on the MySpace, as well as all the lowdown on the album, you can preview three of the Eddy created remixes that appear on it. Plus Mr TM is doing lots and lots of DJ dates to promote the album and you will find them all listed here. So go see, then get yourself a copy of 'Dance Rocks'.

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UK ALBUM SALES FALL IN FIRST QUARTER
According to figures from the Official UK Charts Company, UK album sales fell by 6% in the first quarter of 2007, compared to Q1 of 2006. Compilation albums achieved a 10.1% increase for the period, year on year, but artist album sales fell by 9%, meaning that overall, LP sales were down to their lowest first quarter result since 2002.

The BPI have responded to the news by pointing out that Q1 of 2006 received a sizable boost because of the release of Arctic Monkeys' record breaking debut 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'. A BPI spokesman also noted: "Though trading conditions are tough, the U.K. market has not experienced the declines seen globally."

The biggest selling artist album of the first quarter of 2007 was Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black', selling 467,820 copies in thirteen weeks but it's the lowest performing Q1 top seller since Stereophonics' 'Just Enough Education To Perform' in 2002.

Sales of digital formats continued to rise, however, as you might expect, with 982,713 download albums sold in the first quarter compared to 609,925 in Q2 of 2006, the quarter in which download album sales were first incorporated into the UK charts. Digital single sales also rose, reaching 9,962,826, compared to 5,171,151 in the first quarter of 2006.

On those matters, the BPI man says this: "Of course it's encouraging that digital continues to grow. But we must remember that this is still a market in its infancy and shouldn't expect it to solve the difficulties faced by in the physical business overnight."

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CLARKSON WAS UNHAPPY, SAY SPECTOR'S LAWYERS
Jury selection for the previously reported Phil Spector murder trial is due to resume next week, but in the meantime, lawyers are arguing over whether details pertaining to alleged murder victim Lana Clarkson's state of mind can be admitted as evidence in the case. Lawyers for the music producer claim that Clarkson was depressed at the time of her death, due to concerns about her finances and career.

Spector, of course, denies murdering Clarkson, who was killed by a single gunshot to the head at the producer's LA home in 2003, and the new evidence will presumably support Spector's contention that the shooting was "self-inflicted". Prosecutors object to the admission of the evidence, however, as they believe it will allow the defence to attack "the character of victim Lana Clarkson by painting her as the kind of person who might kill herself".

Jury selection resumes next week, with the trial expected to begin around the end of the month.

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SNOOP DOGG DRUGS CHARGES
Snoop Dogg has been charged with sale or transportation of marijuana and possession of a gun following one of his many arrests last year. As previously reported, the rapper, aka Calvin Broadus, was apprehended in Los Angeles back in October after police found a firearm and drugs in his car, and a second weapon during a subsequent search of his home. Due to his 1990 drugs conviction, he's charged as a felon in possession of a firearm, meaning he could face up to four years in prison if convicted. Presumably he'll reach a plea deal of some kind, as seems to be the fashion. But we'll see.

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JUDGE DISMISSES BEACH BOYS SUIT
A US federal judge has dismissed that previously reported $60m lawsuit brought by The Beach Boys' label Brother Records against two men they accused of stealing property belonging to the band from a warehouse, and then trying to sell the items at auction. Manuel Real ruled that there was no evidence to suggest that Roy Sciacca and warehouse owner Allen Gaba had stolen the memorabilia, which included sound recordings, photographs and original lyric sheets.

Sciacca's lawyer William White argued that his client bought the items in the 1980s from a warehouse sale held by the band, and decided to sell them on after an original handwritten Beatles lyric penned by John Lennon raised $1.25m back in 2005. White says: "He saw that the John Lennon lyric had sold for a substantial sum of money and thought he could sell his material. He contacted [London auction house] Cooper Owen, but when Brother Records found out it started this campaign to stop the sale."

The original sale was of course halted, but now Sciacca is free to sell the items.

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US DJ SUSPENDED
US disc jockey Don Imus has been suspended for making racist comments on his morning talk show that appears via CBS Radio and MSNBC. Public protest led to a disciplinary action after he recently referred to mostly black members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos". Imus has already apologised several times, but has also said that he is not prepared to resign over the incident, despite US-wide calls for his sacking and a boycott of his sponsors.

The renowned shock jock said during his programme on Monday: "I'm not a bad person. I'm a good person who said something bad. Here's what I've learned: that you can't make fun of everybody, because some people don't deserve it." Appearing on a radio programme hosted civil rights activist the Reverend Al Sharpton, he admitted that the comments were "repugnant" and "repulsive", and added: "Our agenda is to try to be funny and sometimes we go too far, and sometimes we go way too far."

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BLUR DRUMMER TO STAND FOR ELECTION
Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has announced that he's intending to run as a Labour candidate for a seat on his local council at an upcoming by election. Rowntree told The Independent. "I've been a long-standing member of the Labour party and active in local politics for a while. I'm a Westminster resident and in my experience of living here, it all looks lovely - there are hanging baskets everywhere - but you only need to scratch beneath the surface and see that there's a lot of deprivation and a lot of inequality around. I think someone needs to do something about it."

He might have some trouble getting elected on 3 May, however, as Westminster is traditionally a Conservative sort of a ward, as you might expect. Don't know what bandmate Damon Albarn thinks about it - he seemed to be a fan of New Labour pre-1997 (as were many, I might add) but has since appeared to be somewhat disillusioned, reportedly declining an invitation to Downing Street with a note saying: "I am no longer a New Labour supporter. I am now a Communist. Enjoy the schmooze, comrade."

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CASH HOME GUTTED BY FIRE
The late Johnny Cash's Tennessee home, where he and his wife lived out their final years, has been completely destroyed in a fire. The house was consumed by flame in minutes, and it's thought this was due to the recent application of a flammable wood preservative, although no official cause has yet been determined. The house was, as previously reported, purchased by Bee Gee Barry Gibb and his wife Linda back in 2006, but they had not yet moved into the property.

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BEATLES MAN ASPINALL LEAVES APPLE CORP AFTER FORTY YEARS
Apple Corp CEO Neil Aspinall has stepped down from his position after more than forty years with the Beatles-founded company. A childhood friend of both Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Aspinall began his career as road manager for the Beatles, during which period his duties included driving the group and their equipment to and from gigs in his old Commer van. When new road manager Mal Evans started work for the fab four, Aspinall graduated to the role of personal assistant. He was promoted to an executive position at Apple Corp in 1970.

It's not clear what motivated Aspinall to leave the company, with a statement revealing only that the CEO has "decided to move on." He will be replaced as head of the company by newcomer Jeff Jones, who has been at SonyBMG since 1995. Industry insiders are surprised by the move, as it introduces an outsider to the traditionally very private Apple Corps executive. Sources suggest, however, that Jones is renowned for his handling of back catalogue, which would explain why he was earmarked for the role, given the company's moves to finally release the Beatles catalogue online.

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EMI CHAP JOINS WMI
Talking of executive appointments, former EMI marketing chap Matthieu Lauriot-Prevost has joined Warner Music International as Senior VP, marketing. Lauriot-Prevost will be based in London, and take responsibility for all aspects of marketing and promotion across WMI and its affiliates. He'll report to John Reid, vice chairman of WMI and president for Warner Music Europe, who says: "We are very pleased to add such a seasoned, first-rate executive to our team. His extensive knowledge of the industry, strong leadership skills and passion for innovation make him a valuable asset in the ongoing transformation of our global business".

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iPOD SALES HIT 100 MILLION MARK
Did we tell you that iPod sales had topped 100 million? We didn't? Well, that seems like an oversight. For your information, they have.

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LAST.FM SOFT LAUNCH SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
Wired.com has reported that London based social networking music service Last.fm has soft-launched an ad-free subscription service which means users can use the service without ads for $3 a month. The launch of the service has so far been quiet - it is only promoted on the site itself and someway down the home page - but the company says it expects to launch a "fully-fledged" subscription package in the early summer.

Details of the subscription service were confirmed in an interview undertaken by Wired with one of the service's founders, Martin Stiksel. He also said that two or three other new services would be offered this year, though did not offer any more information on what they would be.

He did, however, confirm that the company had been speaking to both EMI and Warner about the possiblity of granting 'mash-up' licences that would allow users of the service to legally distribute online mash-up bootleg tracks using music from the two majors' catalogues. Suggesting that such a mash-up licence would enable "1,000 Grey Albums", he said: "I believe this will be the next major development in music".

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ALBUM REVIEW: Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (SonyBMG)
Long considered a cult act, Modest Mouse recently found themselves at the top of the American Billboard Chart after the first week of release of this, their fifth album. This was the culmination of a few odd weeks in the charts when both The Shins and Arcade Fire scored top two albums, despite being considered on the periphery of things. Catapulted into the mainstream after the lead-off single from their previous album, 'Float On' was an unlikely hit and was subsequently used in numerous advertising campaigns, this record sees them sustaining their commercial appeal, whilst maintaining the idiosyncrasies and quirks that helped them stand out from their peers. The exciting news this time around is the fact that Smiths' legend Johnny Marr has joined the band full time after originally just assisting on one of the album tracks. Since leaving The The in the mid-90s, Marr has been remarkably quiet, but one hopes this project makes use of his talents, even if Modest Mouse and The Smiths superficially share little in common. You'd have to ask hardcore Modest Mouse fans where this album stands within their canon - most consider 2000's 'The Moon and Antarctica' as their best record to date, but taking it on its own merits. 'We Were Dead...' is certainly an interesting enough record. Lead single 'Dashboard' is as straight-forward and radio-friendly as anything on this record, whilst on the other hand 'Parting of the Sensory' is an experimental piece of work which changes tack multiple times; starting out almost alt-country, turning ambient about halfway through, before employing mandolins and violin, and finally just vocals with Isaac Brock barking out apocalyptic lyrics. One senses Modest Mouse want to remain a fairly schizophrenic outfit; able to producing the edgy material they started out making ('Spitting Venom' being a perfect example), as well as the more conventional material that's picked up new fans (such as 'Missed The Boat, which features the vocals of The Shins' James Mercer). Purists might have issues with the band's moves towards the mainstream, though in fairness they have been signed to Sony since 2000. All bands have to evolve, especially when signed to a major label, but whether they've moved too much or not, you'd have to ask them. KW
Release Date: 2 April
Press contact: SonyBMG (all)

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NEW MIA ALBUM STUFF
MIA has revealed details of her second album. She's set to release the new long player, 'Kala', which features collaborations with Timbaland and Diplo, on 25 Jun. Previously reported new track 'Bird Flu', which has been previewing on the urban star's MySpace page, also appears on the new record.

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RONSON SAYS SMITHS LIKE COVER
Having been weaned on The Smiths, I wasn't so sure when I heard the cover of 'Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before' appearing on Mark Ronson's 'Version' album. But he says the defunct band themselves like it, so maybe I'll give it some more time. Some disgruntled Smiths fans aren't prepared to do that however, which seems to be why Ronson ended up defending himself via the power of blog.

He wrote on his MySpace page: "When I recorded the original demo of "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" with my friend (the singer) Daniel Merriweather, the first thing I did was send it to Morrissey and Marr immediately, before I put the strings on it or anything, I needed to know if they would be alright with it, basically like a kid showing his parents his finger painting for their approval. It took a long time to hear back from them, but when I found out that Morrissey liked it and especially liked Daniel's vocal, you can imagine how I felt (Johnny Marr approved it as well, but I don't know his exact thoughts): the man who co-wrote my favourite song of all time gave blessing to this new interpretation. "

'Version' is out on 16 Apr.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Various - Freerange Records Colour Series: Green 04 (Freerange)
The Freerange imprint is growing steadily, and label boss Jimpster - aka Jamie Odell - has put together his annual 12 unmixed cuts. The label has a distinctive sound now: house with a pinch of tech and soul. Black Joy kick things off with a funky thumper, whilst Jimpster in Audiomontage guise takes it a little deeper and more abstract with 'Bounce to the Ounce' which sits well alongside Square One's 'Vesuvius', also techy, and Shimiko's 'Push'. The definite highlight is Shur-I-kan's 'Fantasy', which demonstrates that he is a producer of the highest order. Kirk de Georgio as Esoteric presents the techno-flecked groover 'Starchaser', and Jimpster's remix of Milton Jackson 'Rogue Element' cuts it well. No major troughs here; 'Hot Potato' by Brett Johnson doesn't cut it for me, and Black Joy's 'Bears' gets too formulaic, but Random Factor's 'Spectra' grows on you with its nod to the pioneers that are Kraftwerk. If you like house with an electronic edge, this is recommended as a solid round up of current affairs. PV
Release date: 16 Apr
Press contact: Freerange IH [all]

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P DIDDY ORGANISING UK PEACE GIG
According to reports, P Diddy has got together with Man U and England footballer Rio Ferdinand to organise a 'peace gig' set to take place in the UK next year. Both celebs have sponsored campaigns against knife and gun crime in their respective home countries, a fact which makes the collaboration seem less unlikely (if, indeed, you thought it unlikely in the first place). It'll take place at Wembley or the Dome at some point in 2008.

Diddy says: "I've been touched by gun crime personally, I've lost friends and I want to get the point across that the violence has to stop."

Ferdinand adds: "It's so important to me to get the message across that there is no point in carrying a knife."

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US LIVE EARTH LINE UP ANNOUNCED
The US line up for the US leg of Al Gore's 7 July Live Earth gigs has been announced. The concert will take place at Giants Stadium in New Jersey and will feature performances from the likes of The Police, Smashing Pumpkins, Fall Out Boy, Bon Jovi, Kanye West, John Mayer, and Sheryl Crow.

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REM WARN FANS OVER MISSING TICKETS
REM have warned their fans to only buy tickets for their upcoming concerts in Dublin from official sources after a number of tickets went missing as they were transported between the UK and Ireland on 30 March. The band are set to play a five night residency at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, and the missing tickets are all for the first night of that run, 30 June. All were standing tickets, numbered from 0379 to 0500, and all have been cancelled due to their disappearance, meaning that anyone in possession of such a ticket will be refused entry on the night.

A spokesman for promoters MCD said: "While there has been no evidence to date that tickets have shown up on tout websites, REM today warned fans not to be misled into purchasing tickets at inflated prices from unofficial sources as they run the risk that these tickets could be stolen."

Irish police are investigating the apparent theft of the 122 tickets, and officers will be present at the first night concert to operate ticket checks and increased security. Fans offered the missing tickets are asked to contact the authorities.

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LILY ALLEN ANNOYED BY SATIRICAL TRACK
Lily Allen is pissed off by the release of a new track called 'LDN Is A Victim' which mocks and parodies London musicians such as Lily herself, The Streets, The Maccabees and Kate Nash, and their apparent middle class roots. The track is here - www.myspace.com/ldnisavictim - and it's getting a limited 7" release on 23 Apr.

Posting a comment on the LDN Is A Victim Myspace page, Allen wrote: "So what if we're middle class? Just cause your mum was too lazy to get her fat ass off the sofa and make some cash. I shouldn't be able to make tunes yeah? (Which is more than you're doing by the way). Thanks for the song, it really made us see the light, now we know where we belong."

There's kind of a point there. She just ruined it with the implication that anyone who is a poor is also lazy.

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DUSTIN'S BAR MITZVAH SPLIT
Talking of London bands, the amusingly named Dustin's Bar Mitzvah have announced their intention to split due to drummer Toby Burrows' decision to leave the group. A final gig will take place on 8 May at the 100 club.

Frontman Dave Lazar wrote in a post on his MySpace page: "When we got back from Germany, Toby told us he didn't want to be in a band anymore. It's not like he's Tony McCarroll or Alan White, Dustin's worked because it was the four of us. "

He continued: "Me, Rob and Baco have got a new drummer and lots of new songs, we are looking for a keyboard player. The new band will be a continuation on from Dustin's Bar Mitzvah in a way, we are thinking of keeping the Dustin's part of the name and then adding to it, but the names not the priority at the moment. We will keep you posted on progress, hopefully will have some songs up by the end of summer."

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SINGLE REVIEW: Cajun Dance Party - The Next Untouchable (Beggars/Way Out West Records)
Having garnered something of a reputation through London indie nights like Way Out West, Cajun Dance Party's rise to fame was a speedy one, with the band having a manager by gig four, an A&R scrum at gig six and a 600-strong crowd by their eighth. So they're pretty hot property, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, if you follow the sycophantic notion of NME hype and Myspace friend counters as an indication of quality. No, if you realise that approximately seventy-five percent of the population have dormant ears. To put it crudely, 'The Next Untouchable' is like your kid-brother's band bashing out Kooks' covers with marginally listenable results. Only your mum would like it then, so don't fall for sly marketing and the traditional endorsements that will make you so dearly want to own this record. Judge it for the music alone and you'll see what I mean. OS
Release Date: 16 Apr
Press contact: Beggars IH [all]

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TIMBERLAKE WRITING SONGS FOR MADONNA
According to reports, Justin Timberlake is busy writing songs for Madonna's new album, due in November. The pop star, who is in the UK ahead of his upcoming tour, says: "I have been working on some new music. But it's not for myself - I'm writing for other people. I'm working on some stuff for Madonna." He's not the only top name being drafted in to help out - Timbaland, Pharrell and Felix Da Housecat are all said to be involved.

Elsewhere in Timberlake news, he's been not saying anything bad at all about his ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz. On their recent split he told GQ: "It's hard for me to talk about because we're talking about a person that I love and respect. If I hear anyone say anything bad about Cameron then I'll have something to say to them."

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KING OF LEON GETS INTIMATE WITH STEWART JUNIOR
The Mirror says that Kings Of Leon's Caleb Followill got off with Rod Stewart's daughter Kimberley on a night out in London recently. Kimberley Stewart bothers me. In the same way Paris Hilton bothers me.

Anyway, an 'onlooker' is quoted as saying: "They were getting stuck into drinks on a private table and Kim was all over him like a rash. Natalie knows all the Kings of Leon gang really well and she was delighted when they hit it off."

Another source claimed they "spent most of the night making out to everyone's embarrassment. No one really knew where to look. It was like two teenagers at a school disco." Yeeeucch.

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MEL B SET FOR LEGAL BABY BATTLE
Mel B is apparently planning to fight a legal battle to make Eddie Murphy acknowledge her new baby as his own. The former Spice Girl has named the actor as father on daughter Fortuna Daphne Bay's birth certificate, and maintains that a DNA test will prove without a doubt that Murphy is the dad.

A source is quoted as saying: "Mel has no doubt Eddie is the father and she wanted to make the point. She doesn't want him involved because he has hurt her too much. She just feels that he will have to accept responsibility at some point and there was no need for him to be so dismissive of their relationship."

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RICHARDS IN CANARY CLAIMS
Keith Richards' son Jamie has told The Sun that his dad once lobbed his pet canary out of the window. He says: "My mum told me the story the other day. She said Keef thought the canary was an alarm clock." He continued, referring to last week's stories that Richards once snorted his dad's ashes: "He cracks me up, the ashes story was hilarious."

A Rolling Stones 'insider' added: "It was priceless, typical Keef. When Ronnie told him the bird was Jamie's pet he just slurred in response, 'How was I supposed to know it was real?'"

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